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Foster Grandparents Needed

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If you love children, you'd probably love being a foster grandparent. While teachers do as much as they can, it helps to have someone who can pull a few students aside to help them with their reading.
    
"It brightens my day. I really enjoy it. It makes me feel good to know that with some of the students I'm actually making a difference in their progress," says Alvin Greff, foster grandparent.

But the problem is, there aren't nearly enough people willing to do it. RSVP Plus has 24 foster grandparents, and there's a need for at least 50 of them. It's a 15 hour a week commitment, and there's some monthly training. Most of those who do it love it.

"Why do you get up on a cold North Dakota morning to go volunteer for this small stipend that we're paying you? And it was almost unanimous that it gives us a purpose. What else would we be doing? You know, sitting home watching TV. Sorry," says Mary Siverson, RSVP.

Yes, many of the volunteers qualify for some payment. But there's another kind of reward as well.

"My kids love me. That's the first thing when I go into the class is 'Hi, Grandma Mary.' I get Valentine cards from them, little pictures, little stories and hugs. It's all worth it," says Marian Kretschmar, foster grandparent.

And unless your own grandchildren are visiting, you won't get that at home.

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